To celebrate 50 years of both brands, Italidesign and Nissan have collaborated to give us the ultimate GT-R.
With 2018 making the 50th anniversary of Italidesign and Nissan’s nameplate of the GT-R, both companies have decided to work together and commemorate the occasion with a new car.
What they have come up with is the GT-R50. The prototype is based on the Nismo GT-R and will make its public debut next month, possibly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The GT-R50 features extreme styling, as the front and rear design has been heavily tweaked and topped off with a dual-tone paint scheme.
The GT-R50 was developed, engineered and built by Italidesign, but Nissan’s teams in Europe and America were responsible for the styling of its interior and exterior. In terms of design, the GT-R50 gets a more pronounced power bulge on the bonnet, sharper and thinner headlamps, a lower roofline and air inlets on the sides. At the back, the quad circular tail lamps have been kept to identify it as a GT-R, but the curves around it have been designed to make Godzilla more muscular to deliver a visually higher striking impact. The car sits on 21-inch wheels just to make sure one does not confuse it as a stock GT-R. The interior has been reworked to deliver a blend of Alcantara, leather and carbon fibre, with flashes of gold inserts to match the exterior.
As for the engine, the 3.8-litre, V6 VR38DETT motor now develops 710bhp and 780Nm of torque. All due to a new pair of GT3-spec turbos and intercoolers, in addition to other race-derived parts. The power is transferred to the all-wheel-drive system through a new and stronger twin-clutch, six-speed gearbox with redesigned differentials and drive shafts. The suspension runs on a new set of adjustable Bilstein DampTronic system, while six-piston Brembos are employed for stopping power. While the standard car runs on specially developed Dunlop rubber filled with nitrogen, the GT-R50 will be equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
Nissan is adamant that this is not the next generation GT-R, but we can’t rule out the possibility of next one being inspired by this prototype is some way.